Something From Kyoto – Japanese Food Takes Over Austin

In today’s globalized society, nothing belongs to one specific place or country, not even traditional foods. You can find any kind of food in every top city in the world. Japanese cuisine is considered one of the best cuisines around the globe.

The love Texans have for Japanese food has flourished mainly in the last decade. Some of the restaurants are even inventing new dishes by the integration of Japanese and Texan cuisine. Modern chefs are also integrating bar food from Japan and Texas smokehouses to make innovative Texan Japanese dishes. Many top chefs believe that the Japanese cuisine goes hand in hand with the Texan cuisine, a match made in heaven. “Kemuri Tatsu-ya,” is leading the way for other restaurants in this combination of Texan Japanese food. “Loro” is another notable mention in the list of hybrid dishes. Most big cities in America have numerous Japanese restaurants. But the front-runner, when it comes to Japanese restaurants, has to be Austin. With less than 1 percent of Japanese people of all its population, Austin has an incredibly high percentage of Japanese restaurants. In a recent list of top 25 restaurants of Austin, six Japanese restaurants made the cut. Many famous critics termed “Kemuri Tatsu-ya,” a Japanese restaurant in Austin, as one of the best restaurants in America last year.

When a new country adopts the cuisine of a different country, the credit has to be given to both the cultures and their people. However, there are some notable restaurants, who lead the way in bringing this new food revolution. Some of the leading restaurants of this revolution are:

  • Musashino Sushi Dokoro
  • Kome
  • Loro
  • Kemuri Tatsu-ya
  • Otoko
  • Ramen Tatsu-ya
  • Uchi
  • Uchiko
  • Kyoten Sushiko
  • Yoshi Ramen

It’s not just the Japanese restaurants which have made Texans fall in love with Japanese cuisine; it is also the people behind these restaurants. The owner of Kyoten Sushiko, born to immigrants from Vietnam in Houston, is one such man. Another such person is Stacey Chan, who is the owner of Yoshi Ramen. Stacey, a Taiwan born lady, opened this restaurant by finding inspiration from her grandmother’s shop in Osaka. However, the most significant credit of this revolution must go to Tyson Cole, who was once a wait-staff and dishwasher at a Japanese restaurant. Cole is now one of the most prominent chefs of Japanese cuisine in Texas. His restaurants, Uchi and Uchiko, have contributed a lot in transforming the cuisine of the city. Many food critics, even say that if Cole had been in some other town, this revolution would’ve happened there instead. As the people of the world are still assessing the advantages and disadvantages of this globalized world, they must be thankful to globalization for these cultural exchanges. The people of Austin while culturally proud have shown significant acceptance in integrating with other cultures in every aspect. The lessons we learn from their thriving and evolving culture is one for the world to learn from. As an active participant in today’s world, every human should never miss out on the world’s best things, no matter where they originate from.